The National Railway Museum’s largest new gallery in more than a decade has opened to the public today after five years in development.
Named Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery, it features 18 new interactive exhibits based on a rail and engineering theme.
Aimed at families with children aged 7-14, the gallery is housed inside the museum’s 1,500m2 former locomotive workshop building next to Great Hall.
Alongside the interactives, visitors will also be able to see live science shows and demonstrations inside the Weston Showspace and at a demonstration bar.
Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum, said: “Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery represents the first area of the museum to undergo significant changes as part of our Vision 2025 masterplan and the result is a fantastic new interactive gallery that is a real asset for visitors and the city.
“The gallery was developed in partnership with the rail industry and other experts and we have listened to visitor feedback about the need for more interactive, hands-on experiences. We want to ensure that children have great fun while developing a spark of interest in engineering that will contribute towards tackling the UK’s shortage in STEM skills*.”
Mary Kenny, Chief Executive at Eversholt Rail, said “It is fantastic that Wonderlab: The Brammall Gallery has opened its doors to the public today. We are proud to be sponsors of the Wonderlab, we believe the gallery will help to inspire the younger generation to pursue careers in the railway industry. Congratulations to the National Railway Museum, we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the museum.
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